Clinical trials during COVID-19
Keeping your trial on track in an evolving environment.
Adapting operations to changing conditions
ICON has adapted its services to support sponsors during this time; offering remote monitoring where on-site visits were not permitted, providing additional support to get IMP to patients and pre-recording investigator meetings because of travel restrictions. Find out more about services to minimise disruption below.
Treatment and vaccine trials for COVID-19
ICON is proud to be supporting clients and government organisations in the search for treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Read more about our expertise in this area.
ICON supports Pfizer and BioNTech on COVID-19 vaccine trial
ICON mobilised a large global team of therapeutic and operational specialists to partner on the implementation of Pfizer‘s and BioNTech’s strategic plan and framework for the monitoring of the trial, which included a high level of remote clinical monitoring and source data verification.
COVID-19 vaccines: Post-authorisation safety surveillance
This whitepaper explores the multifaceted challenges of COVID-19 post-authorisation safety surveillance studies and how business intelligence tools can benefit these efforts.
Whitepaper: Implications of COVID-19 on statistical design and analyses of clinical studies
The COVID-19 pandemic presented a serious disruption in the conduct of clinical trials. In this whitepaper we discuss the challenges and risks to the statistical integrity of data as a result of these challenging conditions.
Whitepaper: Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on cardiovascular trials
This whitepaper outlines measures that can be implemented in ongoing trials assessing cardiovascular-directed therapies to ensure the safety of participants, maximise retention and maintain trial integrity.
Integrated Solution - COVID-19
Driven by regulatory guidance
ICON has developed an integrated solution that deploys functional services driven by overarching COVID-19 regulatory guidance. No two studies are the same so our operational teams are ready to work with you to review study-specific plans and adopt the services needed to reduce disruption to trial timelines and stay compliant.
Contact us today to discuss the challenges and deploy the solutions.
Related factsheet: Keeping your trial on track during COVID-19.
Webinar recording: Keeping your trial on track
In this webinar industry experts present regulatory and operational insights on how to be proactive to protect patient safety and minimise disruption. Recent case studies show how creative thinking and collaboration can overcome challenges.
Regulatory audit & guidance
ICON regulatory consultants work to provide global strategic and operational guidance on regulatory updates to support customers' clinical development programmes. They can help you navigate the evolving developments during COVID-19 including; variations in regulatory guidelines on clinical trial conduct, pharmaceutical export restrictions, and expanded compassionate access for COVID-19 related compounds.
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Webinar: In-home clinical visits
In this webinar industry experts provide insight on planning and execution of In-home visits during COVID-19 and beyond, patient populations and study type considerations and current regulatory guidance.
Download our factsheet to find our how using these services can minimise disruption during COVID-19.
COVID-19 impact on Health Technology Assessments (HTA) & reimbursement requirements
How will the changes brought about by the pandemic impact your existing pipeline of products? Will you need to adjust your existing HEOR evidence planning and timetables? Are there steps you can take to ensure that patients and providers will still have timely access?
Get insights and recommendations on navigating global market access requirements in this dynamic environment.
Using historical control data as an alternative
As patients face shelter-at-home restrictions and quarantine, and sites redirect efforts to treat COVID-19 patients, it can be faster, more economical and more patient-centric to utilize historical real world data as a control option for some studies, particularly in rare diseases. This approach can help to maximize patients on active therapy and reduce the total trial population sample size. It can also be more appealing to patients and physicians, by reducing the need for patients to travel to sites.
Protecting the patient and data integrity
Safety Reporting: The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying an already complex regulatory environment and making compliant safety reporting more difficult. Find out how regulatory intelligence, pharmacovigilance expertise and automation can reduce risk and ensure compliance at this time.
Data Monitoring Committees: The FDA and EMA have both acknowledged that Data Monitoring Committees (DMC) may have a part to play in overcoming some of the challenges that we are seeing in this evolving environment. A well-organised and properly constructed DMC will help to ensure patient safety, protect data integrity as well as support appropriate analysis and interpretation of the trial data.
Ensuring continuity of IP to patients
In the current environment patient visits may be re-scheduled and protocols may need to be amended. Now is the time to check if your IRT system needs adjustment to ensure continuity of IP to patients. Our IRT and Clinical Supply Management team are ready to advise you on strategies to mitigate risks and maintain flow of clinical supplies.
Download our factsheet to find out more about being proactive to reduce risk in clinical supply flow.
Maintaining patient contact
Our Direct to Patient Contact solutions support patients or their caregivers in studies and disease management programs and can enable you to connect with patients during the pandemic. Built on our global clinical outcomes expertise, real world evidence experience and clinical cross-cultural language services expertise, we offer multi-faceted contact methods including email, SMS, phone, letter and in-app alerts to:
- Facilitate the collection of patient reported data (COAs, QoL, drug/resources utilisation, safety outcomes)
- Enhance patient engagement through flexible, customised approach based on patient preference
Pre-recorded investigator meetings
Travel restrictions to protect healthcare professionals has understandably resulted in the cancellation of investigator meetings.
FIRECREST digital solutions provide the option to pre-record meeting content and deliver remote site training to maintain reporting for compliance.
Overview of COVID-19
A video explaining the origin, identification and symptoms associated with this coronavirus
The cause of the disease was later identified as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) a novel coronavirus belonging to the same family as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. Human to human transmission is thought to happen largely through close contact with infected individuals particularly through exposure to respiratory droplets or airborne aerosols.
ICON have the processes, technology and experience to be able to shift to a remote monitoring model where regulation permits. In late phase studies our Site Management Associate (SMA) model is designed specifically for managing late phase studies, in multiple languages and cultures, to provide continuous site support throughout the world. This focused, one-on-one approach is designed to improve data collection, ensure high quality data, and enhance site and patient engagement, while significantly reducing late-phase study costs.
COVID-19 blogs and media articles
The contribution of companies during the Covid-19 pandemic
Rose Kidd, President, Operations Delivery outlines the role ICON played in the search for vaccines and treatments for Covid-19 in the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland 2023 US-Ireland Business Report.
Life sciences industry an active player in pandemic response
Rose Kidd outlines the role ICON played in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Irish Times Life Sciences special report.
Bringing the fight to antimicrobial resistance: What COVID-19 has taught us about how to face a growing emergency
Dr. Johan Du Toit, Executive Director, Internal Medicine, considers strategies from COVID era clinical trials for addressing the public health crisis of antimicrobial resistance.
On the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis
In this report, Dr Steve Cutler describes ICON’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and how the crisis has pushed new digital technologies forward (page 14).
Morning Ireland business news
In this radio interview, CFO Brendan Brennan briefly discusses the disparity of vaccine rollouts of developed countries compared to less economically developed countries, and the role of ICON as a key partner in developing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Business leaders call on Corporate Ireland to support global vaccine rollout
In this article, CFO Brendan Brennan discusses the responsibility of CROs in the fight against COVID-19, particularly by helping the most vulnerable populations gain access to vaccines and treatments.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health
Learn how the ongoing state of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the global mental health crisis.
How COVID-19 has changed pharmacovigilance
The race to provide vaccines and treatments for coronavirus has seen a number of COVID-19 drugs reach the market in record time.
Implications of COVID-19 on statistical design and analyses of clinical studies
An article exploring the challenges and risks to statistical integrity and how they can be mitigated.
The effect of Covid-19 solutions on the clinical trials process
An outline of best practices that can keep trials running at optimal speed and efficiency, and the benefits of adopting a strategic partnership.
A challenge of pandemic proportions
ICON CEO Steve Cutler, discusses running the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine trial, and how it proved the value of partnership, and the key role of technology.
mRNA vaccines from COVID-19 to HIV
The approval of the messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID vaccines marked the first time mRNA vaccines have been authorised for use outside of clinical trials.
Managing COVID disruptions within IVDR timelines
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the IVD industry, including travel and social distancing restrictions, creating hassles and stalling NB designation processes.
Cancer research post-COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for change in cancer research, forcing a shift towards remote monitoring, virtual arms and other uses of digital tools.
Post pandemic clinical trial strategies: How COVID-19 altered clinical trials forever and what’s next
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the clinical trials industry to accept and accelerate the use of digital health technologies to alleviate disruptions and mitigate risks caused by the spread of the virus.
How to ensure your trial data and patients remain safe during COVID-19
Cyber attacks have increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Opportunistic cyber criminals can use the current pandemic to steal intellectual property and patient information.
The impact of COVID-19 on pharmacovigilance
The pandemic is affecting how clinical trials are managed, not just in terms of patient recruitment and immediate patient care but also in terms of data collection, analysis and safety reporting.
The shifting diagnostics regulatory landscape amid COVID-19
For IVD manufacturers, the emergence of a novel virus is challenging as the detection of such viruses require quickly developed, novel diagnostic solutions.
COVID-19 vaccine trials
The success factors that can keep pandemic respiratory vaccine trials running at optimal speed and efficiency.
Diagnostics on the frontlines of COVID-19
Need for rapid diagnostic testing to identify and track people infected by or exposed to coronavirus.
COVID-19 and respiratory devices
A dynamic market and evolving regulations.
Minimise the impact of COVID-19 on clinical trials with in-home clinical services
Adapting clinical trial protocols can help to keep participants enrolled and receiving treatments and assessments.
Managing trial participants with cardiovascular and metabolic disease during COVID-19
Impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19, Influenza and cardiovascular disease - What is known?
Patients with cardiovascular disease are particularly susceptible to respiratory infections.
Preparing for Disease X
A look at the potential impact of Coronavirus.